Natural History

These individual objects are also available:

  • Moose jaw
  • Caribou antler
  • Dall sheep horn
  • Sea otter skull
  • Sea otter pelt
  • Beaver pelt
  • Beaver skull
  • Arctic fox pelt
  • Red fox pelt
  • Lynx pelt
  • Whale baleen
  • Alaska mammal toys (various plastic figures)
  • And more; if you are looking for a specific object, contact us at

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Lynx Kit

Items in the Lynx Kit.

Discover an elusive predator of Alaska’s boreal forests! Experience hands-on discovery of real skulls with this classroom set. Learn about the life history and behavior of lynx. Find out why lynx and snowshoe hares depend on each other. This kit offers resources and choices of games and hands-on activities for a broad range of grade levels.

What’s in the Kit?

15 Lynx skulls objects
Lynx pelt object
Snowshoe hare skull object
Life size lynx cutout object
What is a lynx? Info & resources
Skull anatomy activities
Lynx diet games activities
Animal Skulls: A Guide to North American Species book
Set of 5 Calipers

Recommended Grade Levels: 2-12
Key words: lynx, skull, measuring, diet, snowshoe hare

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Compare the Bear Kit

Are there any differences between a grizzly bear skull and a polar bear skull? Do the differences tell us anything about their diet or the environment they live in? Using observation and measurement skills, students will compare two bear skull replicas. From a simple comparison activity to a more complex skull and jaw measurement activity, this kit can be used in a variety of ways.

What’s in the Kit?

Grizzly bear skull object
Polar bear skull object
Polar bear fur object
Polar, grizzly and black bear claw replicas object
Measure and compare activity
Skull and jaw comparison activity
4 calipers tools
Grizzly and polar bear info sheets
Alaska’s Bears book

Recommended grade levels: 2-12
Key words: Grizzly bear; Polar bear; Black bear; Skull; Measurement; Claws


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Camouflage & Natural Selection Kit

How many insects can you see? Can you spot the fish? Why do hares and ptarmigans change color? In this kit you will find games and artifacts to support discussions about camouflage and to introduce the concept of natural selection and adaptation.


What’s in the Kit?

Natural selection game: “eat them all” activity
Hide-and-seek cards activity
“Master of disguise” butterfly activity
Willow ptarmigan wings and foot object
Fall colored wing object
Winter colored wing object
Winter foot object
Pictures info sheet
Snowshoe hare pelts object
Summer pelt object
Winter pelt object
Adaptation and natural selection info sheets
Feathered snowshoes and color adaptation info sheets
Animal Disguises book

Recommended grade levels: K-5
Key words: Camouflage; Natural Selection; Adaptation; Mimicry

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Fish & Salmon Kit

What are the different parts of a fish? How do salmon live? This kit offers an introduction to fish in general, with a focus on Pacific salmon. Students will also discover how to determine the age of a fish using vertebrae, otoliths, and scales.

What’s in the Kit?

Build a Fish
Find the Fish activity
Sea Star object
Gyotaku Fish Print suggested activity
Aging Fish information and suggested activity
          Sockeye salmon scales
          Perch scales
          Burbot otoliths
          Chum salmon vertebrae
Salmon Mold object
Ident-I-Cards activity
Pacific Salmon Life Cycle display
Pacific Salmon Life Cycle Wheel activity
Salmon Stages poster
Fun Fish Facts cards
Alaska’s Wild Salmon book
Otolith Information

Recommended grade levels: K-6
Key words: Fish Identification; Salmon; Fish Print; Gyotaku

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Tree Ring Discovery Kit

Learn about how trees grow and what tree rings can tell us. Challenge your students to analyze patterns of growth in trees and identify evidence of environmental conditions such as fire or drought. Included are enough tree rounds for each student (class of 30) from Western North American trees. Developed by Acorn Naturalists.

What’s in the Kit?

30 tree rounds objects (5 each of Ponderosa Pine, Fremont Cottonwood, Black Walnut, Emory Oak, Velvet Ash, and Salt Cedar)
6 laminated pictures of trees info sheets
30 magnifiers tools
1 activity manual (includes student sheets and activities)
Field Guide to Trees book
The Tree Rings’ Tale book
NEW! Alaska Species supplement:
          White Spruce rounds (12)
          Alaska Paper Birch rounds (12) objects
          Interior Alaska Tree Species pictures
          Tree rings: Living Records of Climate activity (from EPA)

Recommended Grade Levels: 2-8
Key words: Trees; Dendrology; Climate; Tree Rings

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Alaska Whale Kit

What kinds of whales live in Alaska? What do krill look like? Look at the differences between baleen whales and toothed whales. Play a whale food chain game and learn about scale using whale models.

What’s in the Kit?

Whale models
(Beluga, Grey Whale, Killer Whale, Humpback) objects
Piece of baleen object
Orca tooth replica object
Krill preserved in a jar object
Toothed whale vs. baleen whale info & activity
What’s for dinner activity
"Krill" card game activity
Whale laminated sheets
A whale of a scale activity
Alaska Whales and Whaling book
Arctic Currents: A Year in the Life of the Bowhead Whale DVD

Recommended grade levels: K-6
Key words: Whale; Food Chain; Scale; Marine Mammal

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Tracks & Scats Kit

Looking at tracks is a great way to detect many animals. Learn about indirect sign and practice reading the stories left behind by animals. Become familiar with the tracks and scat of some Interior Alaska animals through hands-on activities.


What’s in the Kit?

Ptarmigan and snowshoe hare feet
Tracking board object
12 Alaskan animal track casts objects
12 Alaskan animal scat replicas objects
Indirect signs objects
Ptarmigan feet and track photos
“Track it out” cards activity
Animal track story sheet activity
“What do they reveal” activity
North American animal track rubbing plates activity
Who Dung It? activity
Track ID challenge activity
Poop book
Field Guide To Tracking Animals In Snow book  

Note: Borrow our snowshoes and/or binoculars for an outdoor tracking experience!

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Tracks; Sign; Scat; Animals; Field Study

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Insects Kit

What distinguishes insects from spiders or crabs? This kit explores what makes an insect and looks at some specialized features such as mouths and legs. Field activities are included to help your class observe real insects year round.

What’s in the Kit?

Ten insect orders
(in resin) objects
Dragonfly life cycle (in resin) objects
Insect life cycles: Ant, Ladybug, Mosquito objects
Butterfly felt life cycle objects
Is It An Insect? activity
Arthropods vs Vertebrates Ratio activity
Metamorphosis/ Life Cycle Mobile activity
Make an Insect Spinner activity
Who’s My Insect? activity
Insect Rubbing Plates activity
Pressed Butterflies (32) objects and activity
Live Observations & Field Activities suggested activities
          Includes nets, tweezers, trowels, magnifying glasses,
          plastic containers, ice cube trays, and leaf litter trap model
Arthropod plastic figures (33)
The Insect Class book
Eyewitness Books: Insects book
The Small Majority book
The Icky Bug Alphabet book
Leggy Exhibit Videos DVD
Fossilized Insects picture
Digital Microscope        

Recommended grade levels: preK-5
Key words: Insects; Arthropods; Life Cycles; Taxonomy; Adaptation

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Beaver Kit

Learn about the largest rodent in North America. Practice skills of observation and learn about physical characteristics and adaptations of beavers, Castor canadensis, by examining skulls, feet, fur, and teeth. Discover how to recognize indirect sign (tracks, scat) and learn about habitat while making a beaver lodge craft.

What’s in the Kit?

Beaver pelt
Beaver skull object
Beaver claw object
Chewed beaver stick object
Track stencil object & activity
Beaver footprint mold (front & rear) object & activity
Beaver footprint cast object
Beaver scat replica object
Beaver replica (plastic) object
Beaver info sheets and features cards
Beaver tail pastry recipe
Build a beaver lodge activity

Recommended grade levels: preK-12
Key words: Beaver; Mammals; Rodents; Adaptations; Habitats; Tracking

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Arctic Marine Mammals Kit

Learn about Arctic marine mammals and their important roles in the arctic ecosystem and Native ways of living. Learn about different groups of marine mammals in Alaska, including cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walrus), and marine fissipeds (sea otters and polar bears). Learn about the use of Arctic mammals in Alaskan art, understand the Arctic marine food web, and use drawing as a scientific tool.

What's in the Kit?

Whale bone mask
Baleen basket object
Kayak model
Yupik doll
Fur and wood boat model
Ivory earrings
Assorted ivory carvings
Sealskin hat
Spotted seal pelt
Polar bear pelt and claw
Harbor seal skull replica
Walrus mandible
Walrus tusk
What are marine mammals?
background information
How do baleen whales eat? diagram
Marine food web diagram
Arctic Ocean map
Bering Sea ecoregion map
Sort & draw objects activity
Mammals on Ice activity
Plants and animals of the Arctic (food web) activity
Arctic mask design activity
Meltdown, an icy adventure for grades 5-8 (virtual field trip) (2) DVD

Recommended grade levels: preK-12
Key words: Marine Mammals; Arctic; Adaptations; Food Webs

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